Prank. Punked. Slapped. Adolescent humour. Contemporary concentration.
“In Holy Cow , Salo (93)  and Performance Anxiety  Zile examines the way the experience of “media events” is constructed from a bricolage of visual cues from television, the web, newspapers, magazines and the cinema. In Holy Cow Zile took online footage of September 11 to isolate the words “holy cow” uttered by a horrified witness as the World Trade Tower was struck by the second passenger jet. This footage is juxtaposed with strobing footage of someone being hit by a model aircraft in a suburban backyard. The video concludes with a long sequence of the artist asking passersby in a subway tunnel to stand and have their photo taken with him in front of poster asking the public to be on the lookout for suspicious characters. Zile’s comic video particularises the experience of terrorism as a media event while contextualising the effects of a real world incident in an immediate and physical manner.”
— Andrew Frost.
Emile Zile (1979, Australia) is an artist, filmmaker and performer currently based in Amsterdam. Building on a background of single-channel and performative video art, his current research focuses on site-specific audiovisual performance, portraiture and the use of the Internet as a site for mourning, transgression and revelation. Emile received a BFA Media Arts (Honours) from Royal Melbourne Institue of Technology before relocating to Amsterdam in 2007 to commence an MFA degree at The Sandberg Institute. He is currently a resident at the Rjksakademie van beeldende kunsten. Recent and forthcoming exhibitions include Boo Australia, Matucana 100. Santiago, Chile (April 24 – May 27 2012); OMG_sisyphus, Palais Paradiso, Paradiso Amsterdam (February 16, 2012) and Five production company logos in 3D, Diane Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne Australia (April 2–23 2011).